The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is one of ISF’s projects. It was the writer Sayed Fouad’s idea, as the African films are almost not screened in Egypt. Furthermore, Luxor hardly has any cultural or artistic events, and was therefore selected to de-centralize cultural or artistic events always oraginzed in Cairo and Alexandria.
Though Luxor is the largest open-air museum in the world it was lacking artistic festivals. Its geographical position - in the very heart of Upper Egypt and hence closer to the rest of the African continent - gives the historic city a unique advantage .
A Franco-Tunisian film editor, she currently has over thirty years of experience with two decades working with filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako. Ben Rachid won Best Editing at the 2015 César for Sissako's TIMBUKTU. Ben Rachid started her editing career working with 35mm film only to edit such acclaimed films as WAITING FOR HAPPINESS, BAMAKO and LIFE ON EARTH. She has also edited numerous documentaries by Anne Aghion films including the Emmy winner IN RWANDA WE SAY and the Cannes Official Selection MY NEIGHBOR MY KILLER. In 2015, she was invited to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, organizer of the Oscars.